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DIY Magnetic Piano Music Notes / Symbols and Grand Staff

Magnetic DIY Homemade PDF PIano Notes Symbols Grand Staff Printable DIY printable grand staff and notes. DIY cardboard box easel


Using an Ikea Magnet Board that I already had, I created this oversized grand staff and magnetic music symbols. She does not like the “workbook” approach to learning music. She is too busy trying to create her own. So, why not follow her lead!

Of course, as with anything we do, we keep it real. We utilized an old box from the garage to make a makeshift easel which is barely holding up that heavy magnetic board. I suggest buying a magnetic dry erase board or use an old rectangle sheet pan for baking. The pans are usually magnetic too!

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DIY Montessori Globe – Nearly Free!


My homemade DIY Montessori globe. I got a globe for free, bought acryilic paint for nearly nothing as it was on sale, and a can of high gloss spray. If you attempt to do this yourself be sure to paint the continents first and the bodies of water last. Also, be sure to get paint brushes specifically for acrylic paint. It took 3 coats of paint and 2 coats of gloss. We have used this quite a bit. And, it directly correlates to the felt wall map. Thank you to Making Montessori Ours for the inspiration.

DIY No-Sew Montessori Felt Continent Wall Map


Many thanks are owed to Imagine Our Life for the templates to create the wall map. This map is the perfect compliment to our Montessori Globe. To get the laser cut look using craft felt, follow the instructions below. For the globe, I simply used one sheet of felt without the extra layer nor the cardstock.

1) Print the patterns in mirror image (reverse) on cardstock

2) Using spray adhesive, adhere 2 sheets of craft felt together.

3) Using Spray Adhesive, glue the patterns onto their appropriate color

4) Allow to dry then cut out

5) Using Spray Adhesive, spray the brown continents and apply to the globe

We already had tons of Safari Toobs toys on hand. This no-sew felt Montessori wall map is a perfect addition to our school room.


Homemade DIY Montessori Beads

Homemade Montessori Beads ToolBox

“Mommy, why is my birthday taking so long?” Well, with the help of my homemade Montessori beads, I can answer that.

“Mommy, how much is a dollar?” (for buying toys with at the dollar store) With my Montessori beads, I can answer that too!

For the fun of it, I went ahead and made enough bead bars to create the Square of Pythagoras.  That was really cool for me to see. I look forward to having the squares and cubes completed.


Many thanks are owed to Moose Huntress, Imagine our Life and Teaching from a Tackle Box / Livable Learning for all their inspiration.

If you are looking to buy the Montessori Beads ready made and at a more affordable price then check out Livable Learning.

For the beads, wire and tools, go to Bolek’s. I chose to use 8MM Round Faceted Beads in Opaque colors except for the 10 chain which is translucent.

Colors and Numbers as represented by Bolek’s Crafts Bead Chart

10 Bead Bar is #23 Sun Gold
9 Bead Bar = #68 Opaque Royal
8 Bead Bar = #56 Opaque Brown
#7 Bead Bar = #73 Opaque White
#6 Bead Bar = #59 Opaque Lilac
#5 Bead Bar = #53 Opaque Baby Blue
#4 Bead Bar = #74 Opaque Yellow
#3 Bead Bar = #64 Opaque Pink
#2 Bead Bar = #57 Opaque Green
#1 Bead Bar = #67 Opaque Red

Instructions and quantities can be found at Moose Huntress. I am also making 9 individual thousand cubes.







Homemade Montessori Balls


In preparation for the Homemade Montessori beads that I was about to roll out, I created these stuffed felt Montessori balls. They were fun and served their purpose. It did not take long before it became a game of Montessori Basketball Addition and Subtraction.

If you have 6 purple balls and 2 got in the basket, how many fell on the floor?

It turned into a fun way to reinforce the number bonds as well as see how good her addition and subtraction was.

Montessori Inspired DIY Movable Alphabet – Free Printable

 Montessori Movable Alphabet Numbers & Punctuation Free Printable


The nice thing about this alphabet is that the stickers are really thick. Thus, there is a tactile sensation to working with them. The glitter has the same tactile sensation as Montessori sandpaper letters.When we use them, we play a game where we close our eyes and try to guess the letter by feeling it with our fingers. It includes the numbers and punctuation marks!